Drivers are required to share the road with cyclists within reason. However, unlike vehicles, bicycles and the people who ride them offer little to no protection from collisions and other dangers of the road. Accidents can be particularly dangerous for cyclists and can result in serious injuries and even death. If you or a loved one have been in an accident involving a cyclist, we can help you.
What Are the Laws that Cyclists Should Follow?
For the most part, if a bicycle is on the road, it is treated as a motor vehicle. Cyclists should follow the same rules that cars do with a few exceptions. For example, bicycles can ride on sidewalks whereas cars obviously cannot. However, cyclists should be ready to use reasonable care while moving and be extremely wary of their surroundings as they ride to cut down on the potential for accidents.
Contributory Negligence Has Serious Implications.
In the state of Maryland, we have a law known as “Contributory Negligence.” This law basically dictates that if you are even 1% responsible for your injuries, then you may be barred from seeking damages from the other involved parties. For example, let’s say that you’re riding your bike in your bike lane on a road and you’re speeding just a bit. Even if you are then hit by a drunk driver, the defense will argue that you were speeding and that your negligence contributed to the problem, which invokes the contributory negligence clause.
What Are Your Options as a Cyclist?
Though the facts concerning contributory negligence are pretty scary, the opposition still has to prove that you were behaving negligently. So, before you lose hope entirely, pursue your best options. Working with a seasoned and trusted lawyer to ensure that your side of the story is accurately and respectfully represented is essential to securing the compensation you need to cover your medical bills. In many bicycle accidents, the cyclist is left with serious injuries of the neck and spine that may result in long-term disabilities or even death. Making sure that the responsible parties are held accountable is essential for maintaining your quality of life following your injuries.
Work with a Lawyer That Knows Personal Injury Law
If you’ve been involved in a serious accident with a bicycle, contact the Law Office of Ross W. Albers today. We can help you address your concerns and protect your right to be compensated for your injuries. Insurance companies often employ evasive tactics to avoid paying out on personal injury claims, but we know how to deal with them. Call us today and we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!